Vineyard: Alegria Vineyard just south of Healdsburg in the Russian River Valley appellation
Viticulture: The vineyard is made up mostly of ancient field blends from the 1800s. The Cabernet Franc was planted in 1990. This is a fairly cool climate for Cabernet Franc.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The 2015 vintage is the first for a cabernet franc bottling from Ryme, with the inaugural vintage coming in at a svelte 12.5 percent octane. The wine offers up a fine nose of dark berries, cigar smoke, cherries, a nice dollop of soil, gentle meatiness and a hint of red curry in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, complex and focused, with a good core, fine complexity, moderate tannins and a long, vibrant and promising finish. This is drinkable right out of the blocks, but I would love to see it given a couple of years in the cellar to really blossom and start hitting on all cylinders. A very refined and auspicious first cab franc from the husband and wife team of Ryan and Megan Glaab! 2019-2035+.